A Collection of CAN Canada and Member Publications
The March 22 federal budget sets the stage for negotiations with provinces and territories with the $2 billion allocation over two years starting in 2017 to the Low Carbon Economy Fund. The timing of the cash infusion aligns precisely with expectations that premiers and the Prime Minister will conclude national climate plan negotiations in late 2016 in time for the 2017 budget. The criteria for receiving federal money strongly suggest the federal Government intends to push provinces and territories hard …
by Dr. Louise Comeau
What we did
We surveyed 857 Ontarians in September 2015 to explore thoughts about carbon pricing and Emissions Trading (cap and trade) policies and 12 frames/narratives. Each narrative (six on carbon pricing; six on cap and trade) expressed a different ‘idea’, or cognitive frame, developed by George Marshall at the Climate Outreach and Information Network (COIN).These ideas covered frames such as “polluter pay”, “common sense”, “hidden costs”, “we’re all in …
By Louise Comeau
October 20, 2015
Election night in Canada saw the country win on two fronts: we knocked it out of the ballpark with a stinging rebuke of the Harper Conservative government and swept in a majority Liberal government. And, the Blue Jays beat Kansas City 11 to 8. Go Canada Go!
While we celebrate a new day, we also need to proceed cautiously: Is it really time to proudly display our Canadian flag at the UN climate negotiations? …
By Lesley Hughes & Will Steffen
October 07, 2015
The price, quality and seasonality of Australia’s food is increasingly being affected by climate change with Australia’s future food security under threat, our new report has revealed.
Australia’s food supply chain is highly exposed to disruption from increasing extreme weather events driven by climate change, with farmers already struggling to cope with more frequent and intense droughts and changing weather patterns.
1. Climate change is making weather …
Canada is falling behind. That’s the message that kicked off Tracking the Revolution — Global, this report’s preceding companion edition. Though our clean tech sector—a category that includes clean energy, among other industries—grew 17 percent in 2013, other economies grew theirs faster.
This companion report paints a considerably brighter picture about clean energy in Canada.
That’s because on the home front, things are going very well. In fact, with respect to domestic clean energy investment and development, this …
We kicked off last year’s inaugural edition of this report with the observation that clean energy had made the leap from “boutique” to “big.” That trend continued in 2014, as the global energy revolution went into high gear. The most remarkable piece of evidence: The International Energy Agency (IEA) found that global growth in greenhouse gas emissions stalled in 2014, even as the economy continued to grow. The agency attributed this to the ramp-up of renewable energy and …
What to look for in the Canadian Energy Strategy
July 13, 2015
Since 2012 there have been discussions between provincial and territorial governments to craft a Canadian energy strategy that would guide the development of Canada’s energy resources. Provincial efforts to find common ground on energy issues have become increasingly important due to the federal government’s failure to advance strategies related to energy development—other than for Alberta’s tar sands—and its lack of leadership on climate change.
Last August in …
July 14, 2015 – Ontario’s environmental watchdog, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), has been very active on its climate change file over the past week.
Last week, the ECO released its annual Greenhouse Gas Progress Report, which tracks the province’s progress towards meetings its GHG reduction targets.
Decisions about the development of the vast oil sands† deposits in Alberta and elsewhere in North America are among the biggest we face as Canadians and Americans. Their consequences for our national economies and shared environment will last decades to centuries. These decisions transcend the boundaries of scientific disciplines in ways that challenge accurate summary in media and debate.
We, a diverse group of natural and social scientists from both countries, began talking to each other because concerns about the …
June 03, 2015
By Christian Holz
Earlier today, I presented at the 2015 Annual Conference of the Environmental Studies Association of Canada, as part of Congress 2015 in Ottawa. Here are the slides of my presentation and below is a slightly edited version of the talk I had prepared. The presentation was entitled “Do Unto Others… How Much Climate Change Mitigation Action Would Result From Efforts Comparable to Canadian Provinces’ Climate Targets?”, and here you go.
What I am going …
by Louise Comeau
Daffodils weren’t the only things blooming this May long weekend. New commitments to protecting the climate are blossoming all across the country. On May 15, the federal government announced its contribution to the United Nations negotiations on a new global climate treaty, with a national target to cut climate altering pollution 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. On May 14, Ontario announced it would cut its emissions 37 percent below 1990 by 2030; Quebec is expected …
The UNFCCC’s Structured Expert Dialogue (SED) published its technical summary last week. The summary states that using the globally-agreed warming limit of 2˚C as a “guardrail” is not safe, and that Governments should aim for 1.5˚C instead.
Today, the Berlin-based research organisation, Climate Analytics, released a briefing on the main points covered by the SED. …
Ottawa, Canada. April 1, 2015. Canada, as part of the ongoing United Nations climate negotiations, should have announced by the end of March its plan for contributing to global efforts to reduce carbon pollution. We’ve written Prime Minister Stephen Harper to offer advice on what a comprehensive contribution to the Paris climate negotiations should look like.…
Immediately before and in the weeks after the report launch, Climate Action Network (CAN-Rac) Canada’s Executive Director, Christian Holz, held a series of briefings on the report’s content for environmental organizations, Members of Parliament and the media.
Below is the slide deck he used in the presentation.…
Climate Change has hit BC forests hard. A billion or more pine trees are now dead in the interior of the province, the result of an insect attack of unprecedented proportions, made worse by warmer than average winter temperatures. Meanwhile, due to unusually dry conditions, forest fires burn with increasing intensity. As greenhouse gases continue to accumulate in the Earth’s atmosphere, there is a pressing need to manage our forests in new ways. Properly done, management techniques that maximize carbon …